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Ernest Newbrun Named 2020 Recipient of the AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award

Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced Ernest Newbrun as the 2020 recipient of AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award. Newbrun is professor emeritus of oral biology and periodontology within the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology at the University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Newbrun had a long and distinguished career in dental/oral research as an academic and as an advisor/consultant to various governmental agencies at the national, state and county level. His earliest involvement with public affairs dates back to 1960s and 1970s when he served as a consultant to the Section of Epidemiology at USPHS Dental Health Center, San Francisco.

He has been a champion of oral health research within the area of public affairs in two specific fields. First as a tireless advocate for Community Water Fluoridation (CWF), secondly in combatting the sugar industry and drawing attention to the deleterious effects of frequent intake of sugary foods and beverages.

Newbrun has served as a reviewer for 27 different journals and presented his research findings at more than 75 international conferences and many additional national and regional meetings. Also an author, he has more than 100 items indexed by PubMed, spanning six decades, on topics such as the history of fluoridation and its safety and efficacy. He is the sole author of the textbook “Cariology” and Editor of “Fluorides and Dental Caries” for which he wrote three chapters.

The AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award honors individuals who have given exemplary service in the area of public affairs by consistently promoting the interests and activities of oral health research to a wide constituency.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session, the award was given locally.

About the American Association for Dental Research

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